Brandon Lowe hit a two-run double in the opening innings of opener Nick Nelson and the Tampa Bay Rays dominated the Yankees with an 8–2 win on Friday night, causing a brief halt to frustrated fans.
Tampa Bay reached New York with eight defeats in 11 matches and had not led in 25 innings. The young, athletic Rays finished 8–0, seventh, beating the Yankees for the 16th time in their last 21 meetings, including during last year’s division series.
The Yankees dropped to 5-8 and scored a triple crown of unsuccessful pitching, hitting and fielding. The Yankees drove seven rays, hit only three, hit 14 times and made three errors that led to three unearthly runs.
The game was halted for about 2 minutes 15 seconds when Clint Frazier batted in the bottom of the eighth when a half-dozen balls were thrown onto the field by an epidemic-ridden crowd of 10,202, with a quiet 45- Creepy Night Game Time Degree Temperature.
Michael Wacha (1-1) lowered his ERA from 7.00 to 4.20, allowing one to hit nine strikes and two walks in six banging innings.
Frazier was 0 for 3 with 3 strikeouts and 63 RBIs in the plate this year with no RBI. Aaron Hicks was 3 for 0, going 2 for left-handed 26 (.077) this season. And AL Batting champion DJ Lemahieu was 0 for 4, ending his 23-game streak against the regular-season Rays.
Third baseman Gio Urshella allowed Willie Adams’ grounder to bounce off his glove for a run-scoring error in a four-run score, and second baseman Rugand Odor should have an inning-ending double play grounder by Randy Azarnarena. , Allows two more runs.
Nelson (0-2) was no more effective than previous manager Aaron Boone when Davy Garcia started Game 2 last year against Ray and was then defeated 7-5 by JA Happ.
Gerrit Cole, who begins Sunday’s series finale, is 2–0 with a 1.47 ERA, allowing three runs in 18 appearances in three appearances. The remaining New Yorkers give up 27 runs in 1-5, 37⅔ innings with a 6.45 ERA.
Tampa Bay had runners in each of the first six innings. Mike Zunino added a two-run double, a four soft hit, in the sixth from Lucas Luetge, who landed his gloves on the bench when he reached the dugout.
Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run homer in the seventh off Trevor Richards.
Has been postponed. Again.
Friday’s game between the Colorado Rockies and Mets was postponed due to a spring snow that blanketed the Denver area overnight.
The game will begin at 3:10 pm on Saturday, with the first game starting at 3:10 pm local time. Both games are scheduled for seven innings.
The Mets are old at the hands of adjournment. In the final of the four-match series against the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, the team had its third washout win in five days.
Adding to the season-opening three-match series in Washington, which was closed due to an outbreak of coronovirus among the nationals, the Mets have played a major league-less eight games.
Two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob DeGrom (0-1, 0.64 ERA), whose start was postponed on consecutive days due to inclement weather, is scheduled to start the first game of the DoubleDear. He will face Colorado’s Chi Chi Gonzalez (1-0, 3.60 era)
The Mets’ Joey Lucchesi (0-0, 0.00 ERA) is slated to start the night against the German Marquez (0-1, 4.02 ERA).